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Safety and Environmental Management Requirements for Operating Laboratory Facilities at UMD
Safety and Environmental Management Requirements for
Operating Laboratory Facilities at UMD
- Warning signs must be placed at doors to all laboratories and lab support spaces (cold rooms, equipment rooms, spectroscopy rooms, etc.). Signs may be requested by lab managers online.
or information may be supplied directly to an Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk representative by calling (301) 405-8755. The signage program is available
- Review elements of the Lab Personnel Safety Check List with each lab employee and sign off when completed. Return signed copies of the Check Lists to the appropriate departmental Compliance Officer.
- If chemicals are to be used:
- Implement procedures in the UMD Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
Develop and insert the necessary lab-specific elements:
Submit copy of completed Chemical Hygiene Plan to Environmental Safety,Sustainability and Risk and applicable Compliance Officer
- Chemical inventory
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
- Identify carcinogens, teratogens, mutagens, & acute toxins and establish designated location(s) for their use
- Establish requirements for use of Personal Protective Equipment
- Specify when engineering controls (e.g., fume hood) are necessary
- Emergency procedures
- Contact information
- Chemical safety data (e.g., Safety Data Sheets, or instructions for their access)
- Specify any prior approval conditions believed necessary for safe operation of the lab (e.g., substitution of process reagents, unattended reactions, working alone at night, etc.)
- Identify chemicals in the lab that are regulated by the Department of Homeland Security
- If chemical exposure is suspected, contact Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (301) 405-8755 to coordinate exposure assessment
- Insure that employees report (suspected) chemical over-exposures or injuries and seek medical attention
- Coordinate training of all lab employees:
Chemical Hygiene Training Program for Laboratory Workers is available online at:
Lab Manager must provide training to lab employees concerning the implementation of CHP and SOPs
- Obtain a spill kit for containment of minor spills in laboratories. Kit and replacement supplies are available from Chemistry Stores (Chemistry Building, Rm 0202)
- Implement procedures in the UMD Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program. If a Chemical Hygiene Plan is implemented for the lab, the PPE Program requirements are satisfied by specifying necessary PPE in the written Standard Operating Procedures.
- Post Emergency Response Guide in laboratory (obtain from Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk at (301) 405-3960).
- Post Hazardous Waste Guidelines in laboratory (obtain from Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk at (301) 405-3960).
- If hazardous wastes are generated, post the Satellite Accumulation Area sign in laboratory
(obtain from Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk at (301) 405-3960)
- If regulated wastes are generated (chemical, biological, radiological):
- Take the Hazardous Waste Generator Training annually which is available online at:
- If radioactive waste is generated, take the Radioactive Waste Generator Training which is available online at:
- Implement requirements and procedures defined in the UMD Hazardous Waste Procedures Manual.
- Regulated waste pickup requests are submitted online at:
- If research involves use of infectious agents; select agents or toxins; recombinant DNA; human cell culture, blood or unfixed tissues from humans or non-human primates; or generation of transgenic animals:
- Complete Research Registration form at:
- Implement procedures in UMD Biosafety Manual.
- If working with human blood, tissues (unfixed) or cell cultures, take Bloodborne Pathogens for Researchers Training annually at:
and implement procedures of the UMD Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.
- If working with infectious agents take the Biosafety Level 2 Training at:
- If research involves radioactive materials:
- You must submit an application to be authorized by the Radiation Safety Officer and Radiation Safety Committee for possession and use of radioactive materials
- You must complete the Radiation Safety Training for Radioactive Materials' Users and receive a signed certificate as described at:
- You should take the Radiation Safety Refresher Training at least every two years
- If research involves X-Ray devices or Electron Microscopes:
- You must submit an application to be authorized by the Radiation Safety Officer and Radiation Safety Committee to possess and use X-Ray devices as described in the UMD Radiation Safety Manual.
- You must complete the Radiation Safety Training for Radiation Producing Devices' Users and receive a signed certificate as described at:
- You must register your X-Ray devices or Electron Microscopes with the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk and the Maryland Department of the Environment.
- If research involves Class III or Class IV lasers:
- You must be authorized by the Laser Safety Officer to possess and use Class III or Class IV lasers as described in the UMD Laser Safety Plan.
- You must complete Laser Safety Training for Class III or Class IV Laser Users and receive a signed certificate as described at:
- If research involves formaldehyde:
- Implement procedures in the UMD Formaldehyde Management Plan.
- If research involves methylene chloride:
- Implement procedures in the UMD Methylene Chloride Management Plan.
- If researchers ship hazardous materials off campus they must:
- For hazardous materials other than infectious agents or radioactive materials, coordinate packaging, labeling and shipments through Central Shipping (301) 405-5852 or through ESSR Environmental Affairs (301) 405-3960
- Contact ESSR (301) 405-3961 to coordinate shipment of radioactive materials
- For infectious agents, Contact ESSR (301) 405-6513 to schedule further training